West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Allevard Sogefi to open new automotive filter production plant in Prichard


PRICHARD, W.Va. — Gov. Joe Manchin III joined Emanuele Bosio, CEO of Allevard Sogefi; Keith Drew and Pierre L’Alloret, general managers of Sogefi Filter Division; and local officials to announce today the company will invest $7 million to add production of engine filter systems to its manufacturing plant in Prichard, W.Va. The new product line is expected to start operation by the end of 2009 and create 65 jobs by the end of 2010. 

West Virginia will be the site of the first engine filter systems production site the Italian automotive component manufacturer has built in North America. Sogefi is recognized as a worldwide leader in car vehicles components, specializing in filtration systems and the suspensions’ flexible components.

In addition to producing filter systems, the Allevard Sogefi USA, Inc. plant in Prichard will continue to manufacture stabilizer bars for vehicle suspensions.

“West Virginia is extremely proud that Sogefi, an acknowledged world leader in vehicle components, chose to build its plant here, and has now chosen to expand its line here,” said Gov. Manchin. “We look forward to continuing a longstanding and rewarding partnership.”

The Sogefi plant opened in A. Michael Perry Prichard Industrial Park in Wayne County in 2004.

“Producing engine filter systems in North America is an important step in Sogefi Group’s development strategy,” said Sogefi Group CEO Bosio. “Our expansion in West Virginia confirms our confidence in this state and its people.”

Sogefi is an Italian Group and partner of the most important car manufacturers in the world. The company employs more than 7,000 people worldwide and has a global presence in 4 continents and 13 countries, with 48 offices of which 40 plants with a consolidated sales volume of over $1.6 billion.

In 2006, Gov. Manchin spoke to Sogefi CEO Bosio about possible expansion in West Virginia during a trade mission to Europe. The West Virginia Development Office, the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) and the Wayne County Economic Development Authority followed up the mission’s initial work and collaborated on the conclusion of today’s project.

For further details on the project, please contact Troy Thomas, General Manager, Allevard Sogefi USA, Inc., at 304-781-7701.

Contact Information

Catherine Zacchi
304-558-2003 ext. 340